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Frog God and Mythmere News!

Postby froggie » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:16 am

August 24, 2010

Slumbering Tsar 4 should be released this week. The Eamonvale Incursion and Demonheart are both live and for sale (ships next week).The product page has been (significantly) updated, and well....there is a bit more news.

August 24, 2010 - Poulsbo WA

Frog God Games, the successor to Necromancer Games, is pleased to announce that effective immediately, Mythmere Games, headed by award-winning author Matt Finch, will be joining up with the Frog God Publishing team to produce even more of the true old-school gaming resources that Necromancer Games and Frog God Games have always been known for.

Matt explained one of the reasons for the agreement as “"There is a large and active community of gamers playing various out-of-print editions of fantasy role-playing games. This alliance is going to be a big leap forward in terms of providing new resources and adventures to those of us who prefer an older-school type of game. It doesn't matter if you're an old-school grognard, a brand-new player, or an experienced gamer trying out this whole 'old-school' thing the internet keeps talking about. You're going to like this".

As a result of this merger, Frog God Games will be publishing the Complete version of the old school, ENnie Award-winning Swords & Wizardry™ fantasy role-playing game, which will be released in November.


“This merger is very much in line with my philosophy on game design, I play an old school game at my table, and have always written and produced books of that genre”, said Bill Webb, CEO of Frog God Games. Frog God Games and its predecessor, Necromancer Games both are known for producing d20 and Pathfinder adventures and sourcebooks with a distinctive “old school” feel. Necromancer, where Bill was partnered with Clark Peterson, produced over 50 books between 1999 and 2007, including Wilderlands of High Fantasy™ (under license to Judges Guild), Gary Gygax’s Necropolis™ and Rappan Athuk, Dungeon of Graves™.

Frog God Games is currently producing adventures to support the Pathfinder™ role-playing system. According to Bill, “This brings together the best of both worlds for me; our material is distinctly old school feel, regardless of the game system. By supporting both formats, I see an opportunity to provide high quality and exciting material to a larger audience. It’s a win for the gaming community.”

Frog God Games will now produce game supplements for both the Swords and Wizardry™ game and for the Pathfinder Game™ (published by Paizo Publishing of Bellevue WA).Swords & Wizardry builds and supports free-form role-playing games.That is to say, games where “light” rules create a framework instead of trying to cover every detail, every rule, and every situation. Over 30 books are currently in production for release in 2010 and 2011.

Matt explained , “There are a lot of gamers out there who are using out-of-print rules quite happily, or who have a vague feeling that they lost some of the game's spirit over the years and don't know how it happened. And then there's the thriving community of old-school gamers on the internet, who have been powering forward for years. I think this new development is going to take us to critical mass. With an old-school game like Swords & Wizardry breaking into the mainstream, with all the power of Frog God Games behind it, I believe that all these three gamer-communities are about to connect. This is when the thunder starts to roll.”.

The Swords & Wizardry game “clones” the original rules of the fantasy role-playing game that started it all back in 1974, when it was published by Gary Gygax and DaveArneson. Part of the reason for the merger was to expand distribution and enhance production quality by involvement of a larger company. Matt described this as, “a step that has been developing for years, as the old-school community has grown larger and larger, supported by more and more gamers, and, increasingly, even by publishers. And this is the point where it all reaches critical mass, I think. Frog God Games has the resources and the high profile to introduce this particular style of gaming back into the mainstream."
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Re: Frog God and Mythmere News!

Postby The Red Priest » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:27 pm

Cool beans.

What *exactly* is the "Complete" edition though? Is it a lot of extra material? A marketing differentiation? A really, really cool boxed set of WB & Core rules, dice, pencils, character sheets and promotional flyers? Oh, don't forget the DM Assistant CD!! :)
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Re: Frog God and Mythmere News!

Postby froggie » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:37 pm

Best to let Matt fully answer--but suffice to say it includes a lot more material; new classes etc. That being said, it holds very true to 0e--its sort of like the 1e PHB; but more open format.

Think of it as a 1-stop book for all the rules you will ever need. and no--no such thing as a "Spot check" (Bill's pet peeve about 3.0-4.0)

Also; have no fear; this will stay true to SW; we are not reacreating 1e/2e/3e etc.
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Re: Frog God and Mythmere News!

Postby Vlark » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:38 pm

My first post on this board after lurking for ages!

This is cool news, as it means more supplements & materials that are all nice and shiny to attach to "new style" players to the game (not the the community is doing too shabby in that regards, but we tend to sell & distribute via word of mouth on forums and blogs).

But my concern is echos the previous poster: now there will be THREE versions of the game--Core, Whitebox, Complete?

What will happen to the agreements with Brave Halfling & Black Blade Publishing? How will these three systems with three different publishers be reconciled?
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Re: Frog God and Mythmere News!

Postby Mythmere » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:44 pm

The Red Priest wrote:Cool beans.

What *exactly* is the "Complete" edition though? Is it a lot of extra material? A marketing differentiation? A really, really cool boxed set of WB & Core rules, dice, pencils, character sheets and promotional flyers? Oh, don't forget the DM Assistant CD!! :)


It includes the ranger from SR, the paladin, thief, druid, assassin - character classes from the supplements. Still no illusionist, though, which was disappointing, but the SR illusionist just couldn't legally be duplicated. The game still runs on the 0e rules, not 1e. It includes two optional alternative order of combat systems in addition to the standard one from the WhiteBox era: the one from the Holmes Blue Book and one that's based on the EW system. Those are the main differences, although there are little things like adding strength modifiers to the amount of weight that can be carried, ala Supplement 1, etc. Virtually all of the additions are in the player section, not the referee section. It's compatible with the Core Rules, and the Core Rules will stay in place as the archetypal "three class" system.

There is a huge number of modules being written for this. Huge. :shock:
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Re: Frog God and Mythmere News!

Postby The Red Priest » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:47 pm

Vlark wrote:But my concern is echos the previous poster: now there will be THREE versions of the game--Core, Whitebox, Complete?

Ahh .. I have no concerns over the different versions. It all plays the same. Don't let those CR-philes fool ya. :P

Vlark wrote:What will happen to the agreements with Brave Halfling & Black Blade Publishing? How will these three systems with three different publishers be reconciled?

Ahhh .. the beauty of the licensing. Anybody .. anybody ... can print, and sell, the rules (and modules & supplements) as they see fit. Well, they may as long as they adhere to the very lenient licensing instructions. No one has to stop the presses. In fact, do I sense that ol' rising tide finally rollin' in? Now, Frog God just needs to notice the old abandoned goldmine, OSRIC. ;)
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Re: Frog God and Mythmere News!

Postby Mythmere » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:52 pm

Vlark wrote:My first post on this board after lurking for ages!

This is cool news, as it means more supplements & materials that are all nice and shiny to attach to "new style" players to the game (not the the community is doing too shabby in that regards, but we tend to sell & distribute via word of mouth on forums and blogs).

But my concern is echos the previous poster: now there will be THREE versions of the game--Core, Whitebox, Complete?

What will happen to the agreements with Brave Halfling & Black Blade Publishing? How will these three systems with three different publishers be reconciled?


Brave Halfling will continue publishing WhiteBox. Frog God Games will be taking on the Core Rules from Black Blade, so there will still only be two publishers. The Core Rules are going to have two roles: first is simply "the three-class archetypal game;" the second is, if it pans out the way I'm predicting, as a gateway to the Complete Rules. We aren't going to be pushing a preference for either set of rules. It mainly has to do -- more than anything else -- with whether the players can't live without druids and thieves, etc. Those classes did exist in 0e, and I've gotten lots of feedback that people would really like to have them.

One especially nice thing is that our Druid class description is written by Dennis Sustare (the original author who invented the druid character class - think, "Chariot of").
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Re: Frog God and Mythmere News!

Postby Ravenheart87 » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:59 pm

Awesome news! Just a quick question: will the demihuman races and their abilities be clarified a bit in S&W Complete? Like dwarves getting infravision, elves an example for class level limits, etc...
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Re: Frog God and Mythmere News!

Postby Mythmere » Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:02 pm

Ravenheart87 wrote:Awesome news! Just a quick question: will the demihuman races and their abilities be clarified a bit in S&W Complete? Like dwarves getting infravision, elves an example for class level limits, etc...


Yes indeed. 8-)
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Re: Frog God and Mythmere News!

Postby Ravenheart87 » Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:17 pm

Mythmere wrote:
Ravenheart87 wrote:Awesome news! Just a quick question: will the demihuman races and their abilities be clarified a bit in S&W Complete? Like dwarves getting infravision, elves an example for class level limits, etc...


Yes indeed. 8-)

Yay! :D This and the new classes just made my day! :)
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